Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, April 20, 2009

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes - April 20, 2009 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Brandon Community Center with Paul Lauthen, Michael Cleary, Jennifer Lanners, Diane Smith and Adrian Ledermann present.


The meeting was called to order by Paul Lauthen at 7:00 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the March 23 meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved, with a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance 03/01/09 was $27,920.87.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $1.07.  Other income was $77.21.  Orders issued totaled $11,488.97, for a total ending balance of $16,510.18.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $53.01 in interest to total $52,631.01; CD #141683 totals $58,302.49; and CD #141685 which matures 09/21/09, received $2,754.54 in interest and now totals $173,669.64.  Motion made by Cleary, seconded by Lanners, to approve report; carried.


Public Comment:  The gathering of 10 visitors offered no further business requests.


Old Business:

a. CLRSD report:  Cleary reported that the wind down process continues.  The allocation of costs to townships based on net tax capacity of the CLRSD district within the townships was passed by a resolution with a 5 to 1 vote; Brandon township being the only vote against with the hope of a more equitable distribution based on the little work done in Brandon Township.   Brandon will be responsible for 18 to 20% of the total costs amounting to around $600,000.   A letter will be sent giving townships until Nov. 1, 2009 to settle up.  Leuthner, Brandon Township attorney, reported on the new legislation (HF 1501) about the wind down of the district which has not been passed or signed into law.  Leuthner also provided some info on possible ways Brandon Township can seek bonding, do additional tax levies or use funds to meet the costs incurred.   Legislation can be expected to be completed by June 1, followed by a CLRSD letter seeking resolution.  Brandon will then have to make decisions about levies, additional assessments, bonding, fund use, etc.  Comments from the public gathered indicated disappointment with the CLRSD board not giving Brandon any break.


b. Board of Appeal meeting  was held on April 7, with the Brandon Board and the county assessor reviewing 23 requests.   Decisions by the county assessor will be coming shortly.


c. All 5 town board members attended the MAT spring short course


d. Ledermann reported that the fire department had not yet provided the ISO rating to be posted on the township web site.   He also requested consideration for office and DSL use, since that is all being contributed at this time.   He was directed to bring forth a proposal for funding support.

e. Road review was completed on April 11.   Needed gravel areas were indicated in a report by the clerk.  Lanners provided a summary of sign conditions.   Cleary and Lanners plan to do some sign installing on April 24.


f. Comprehensive plan for road improvement was tabled.


g. CD renewal.  Smith reported that CD 141685 was renewed for 6 months at 2.1 %.


h. A brief discussion of how Brandon Township has accumulated reserve funds indicated that additional receipts have been gathered due to increased tax base and government funding.   The treasurer and clerk will begin to put together a line item budget of receipts and expenditures to provide information for future planning.

 6.  New Business

a. One building permit was reviewed.

b. The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture survey was completed.

c. Okerlund graveling was awarded the gravel contract for 2009 at the rate of $6.50 per yard, on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners and carried.

d. Dust Control policies were reviewed and will remain as is.   Clerk will sent out public notice as soon as county provides the rate.

e. Emergency management requests were discussed and found not applicable.

f. Clerk then provided other info  such as Ziegler equipment survey, Ferrelgas dust control, and Central Applicators roadside spraying info.


7.  Claims and Wages:  Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included: The Record - $26.56 for public notices; Lakes Area Humane - $144.46 for impound; Douglas County Public Works- $454.51 for salt/sand; Evansville Township - $130 for road maintenance; Otter Tail Power - $ 42.58 for shop electricity; Ziegler Cat - $159.63 for filters; IRS - $734.88 for 1st Qt; PERA - $172.36 for 1st Qt.; Douglas Co. Treasurer - $79.50 for ditch benefits; and Diane Smith - $79.26 for office supplies.   Claims and wages were ordered to be paid on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners, and carried.

 Next Meeting will be on May 18, 7 p.m. at the Brandon Community Center. Adjournment:   The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners and carried. Adrian Ledermann, clerk.